By James Ezema
FromÂ inception of the Family Health International (FHI) through its project, Global HIV&AIDS Initiative (GHAIN), in 2005, a total of 413,186 persons have been counselled and tested for HIV in its Lagos
In the zone which comprises Lagos and Ogun States, 31,787 individuals tested HIV positive within the period. Of the 31,787 found to have been infected, 3,185 were pregnant women.
The body made these known at its quarterly zonal review meeting in Lagos, just as FHI used the occasion to launch the Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative (AHNi) – a Nigerian health technical assistance providing organisation.
The AHN launch, FHI said, was in response to global push for local indigenous organisation to take up health and developmental issues.
Lagos Zonal Director, Dr. Susan Kanu, said AHNi as an affiliate of FHI has completely taken over all the activities of GHAIN projects, including sub-agreement to provide technical assistance in global health initiatives and health system strengthening in Nigeria.
While assuring beneficiaries of the defunct GHAIN projects of even higher standard of service, Dr. Kanu also disclosed that FHI established AHNi as part of its strategy for sustaining its work and achievements in Nigeria.
She added that AHNi is, therefore, expected to take on the increasing number of projects and responsibilities that are presently being executed by FHI across the country.
AHNi currently operates two zonal offices in the country. Lagos zone is responsible for operations in Lagos and Ogun states while Abuja zone is responsible for operations in Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi and Benue states.